I'm really frustrated with myself says Beagles star Philip after missing medal
PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 April 2018
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Newham & Essex Beagles' Asha Philip was left hugely frustrated and disappointed after finishing fourth in the women's 100m final at the Commonwealth Games.
The 27-year-old won her heat (11.31secs) and semi-final (11.21) in emphatic style, with the latter time good enough for a medal in the final.
But Philip could only manage 11.28 as Trinidad & Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye took gold ahead of Jamaica’s Christania Williams and Gayon Evans.
Philip said: “I’m so much better than that. It was a medal up for grabs and I’ve missed it. I’ve got so much in me, I’m disappointed to come fourth again.
“I was so confident after the semis and then that happens, I’m really frustrated with myself.
“I’m not terrified of the situation, I went in full of confidence so I can’t put it down to that. I know I’m capable of more than that.
“I am looking forward to the relay now. We have a really good group and we know we can perform well. It will be great to run for England again.”
Beagles clubmate Rabah Yousif missed out on a place in the 400m final after finishing fourth in his semi-final.
He said: “It’s difficult from lane eight. I gave it my best and it didn’t work. I’ll move on in a positive way – it’s only going to improve throughout the season.
“Let me be honest, it’s just where I’m at this moment in time. It takes me a few races to get going. I’m happy with how I’m progressing, now I’ll take it from here and go home and continue.
“I feel we have a medal chance in the relay. We have a strong team so we’ll see how it goes. I’m in a good place, trust me.”
UEL’s Corinne Humphreys was fifth in her 100m semi-final and said: “I thought I could feel something when I was in the blocks, I wasn’t sure if it was my hamstring or just nerves. But I just ran it as well as I could do. I felt like I had more to give but I am happy with my progression at my first major Games.
“I will have learned a lot from this. There were major medalists in my race so to line-up alongside them and learn how to race against them has been a fantastic experience and one I will take with me over the coming years.”
Beagles Robbie Grabarz, 30, is into the high jump final, after clearing 2.21m in qualifying and Finette Agyapong raced into the women’s 200m semi-finals.